In­dus­try stands up on put- down rate

Avon Valley Gazette - - SPORT -

RAC­ING and Wa­ger­ing WA ( RWWA) has de­fended fig­ures that showed 371 greyhounds were put down in the past year, say­ing in the same pe­riod about 60 per cent of dogs found new homes and their well­be­ing re­mained im­por­tant.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren called on the Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary rep­re­sent­ing Rac­ing and Gam­ing Min­is­ter Colin Holt to re­veal the num­ber of greyhounds whelped and killed in the year lead­ing up to Oc­to­ber 20, 2016.

In 2014 and 2015, 449 and 428 dogs were im­ported from in­ter- state re­spec­tively, com­pared to 207 born in WA dur­ing 2014- 15.

A spokes­woman from RWWA said the dis­par­ity was due to the size of the WA in­dus­try and the age dogs were el­i­gi­ble to race.

“The WA grey­hound breed­ing in­dus­try is rel­a­tively small in com­par­i­son to other states, with ad­di­tional greyhounds be­ing im­ported from in­ter­state to sus­tain the lo­cal in­dus­try,” she said.

“It is im­por­tant to note that many of the pups whelped in the lat­ter part of 2014- 15 are still too young to race, hence the per­cent- age of pups to race from that year is cur­rently lower than in prior year. Greyhounds do not race un­til they are 16 months to two years of age and there­fore greyhounds that have been born in the se­cond half of 2015 will not yet have reached rac­ing age.”

RWWA could not guar­an­tee whether dogs from in­ter­state had been live baited.

Of rac­ing greyhounds put down, 96 were killed af­ter they were deemed un­suit­able for rac­ing, 88 were con­sid­ered un­suit­able for new homes and 187 were killed af­ter sus­tain­ing track in­juries.

Com­par­a­tively 616 greyhounds within the in­dus­try were found new homes, in­clud­ing 163 through the RWWA- run pro­gram Greyhounds as Pets ( GAP), 124 di­rectly from breeders or train­ers and 274 through other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The RWWA spokes­woman said fur­ther ef­forts would go to­wards the well­be­ing of rac­ing and find­ing homes for dogs.

“The grey­hound rac­ing in­dus­try na­tion­ally has ac­knowl­edged that there is a need for con­tin­ued im­prove­ment in re­la­tion to eu­thana­sia rates and the re- hom­ing of greyhounds,” she said.

“RWWA has in­creased its in­vest­ment in the GAP pro­gram from $ 120,000 in 2014- 15 to al­most $ 500,000 this year, since as­sum­ing con­trol in 2014.

“The in­vest­ment in­cludes the lease of a new GAP fa­cil­ity, which has in­creased ken­nel ca­pac­ity, as well as the em­ploy­ment of a ded­i­cated pro­gram co- or­di­na­tor and ken­nel man­ager.”

RWWA is com­mit­ted to the best lev­els of care, she said.

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